Press Release

EPA’s Wheeler Must Account for Increasing Our Exposure to Pollutants

Jake Thompson, 301-602-3627

Elizabeth Heyd, 202-813-8315 

WASHINGTON — When Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler testifies today before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, he has some serious explaining to do:

The following is a statement from Vijay Limaye, science fellow in the Science Center at NRDC (the Natural Resources Defense Council):

“At a time when our government should be doing all it can to protect us from the COVID-19 pandemic, the EPA actually has been rolling back critical public health safeguards in a way that will increase our exposure to mercury, soot, toxic chemicals, super-polluting HFCs and perchlorate. Lawmakers must hold Wheeler accountable for these indefensible actions that are making us sick.”


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